Untouchable!

Draw near to what cannot be touched, blaze, gloom and darkest tempest;

to voices you’ll beg not to hear, and blaring, blasting trumpet.

Though even ancients scarce endured the sight upon the mountain

Yet you have been admitted to what flows from Zion’s fountain. 

—–

More angels than could dance on pins will gather for the meeting,

and all whose names are written down are sure to find a greeting.

The One through whom all things are rearranged is also present,

whose voice (that shook the earth before) and now has shaken heaven.

—–

Again it sounds and shaking, breaking all that is created

leaves only the unbreakable. Thus God is venerated.

Through reverence and awe we offer God the proper worship.

Consumed by fire we’re lifted high, eternally in kinship. 

———-

Image:   Patrick Hendry on Unsplash

Source:  Hebrews 12:18-29

Text:   David Alexander, 2020 CC BY-SA NC-ND 4.0

Tune:   St Gall, Public Domain

Score:   https://www.smallchurchmusic.com/2013/Score/ToTheeOLordOurHearts-StGall.pdf 

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O Bless the Lord My Soul

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O bless the Lord my soul and all that’s in my world, invoke a blessing on God’s holy na-me.

And bless the Lord my soul, do not neglect, extol, the benefits that have been coming your way.

—–

Forgiveness of all sin, diseases brought to end and life redeemed from pits you’ve fallen into.

With love and mercy crowned, satisfied all around, your youth renewed to face what’s coming to you.

—–

Vindicates the oppressed; brings justice near to bless, all people upon whom favor is shining.

Gracious and merciful, patient in anger, full of love for everyone who falls for evil’s binding. 

———-

Image:   Ashley Batz on Unsplash

Source:  Psalm 103:1-8

Text:   David Alexander, 2020 CC BY-SA NC-ND 4.0

Tune:   Down Ampney, Public Domain

Score:

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Your Light Shall Rise

Stop pointing fingers, telling lies. Show mercy and your light shall rise. 

Your gloom will fade and go away and God will guide you every day: 

oases open where you’re dry and strength unfailing resupply. 

—–

What once was wrecked will be rebuilt, on strong foundations as God wills. 

Your work repairs the fractured breach and more, restores the potholed streets.  

Take time to rest each week, delight, with friends and neighbors left and right.

—–

You’re called to live unselfishly. Be sure to do so honorably. 

The very thought of “property” can be the gateway into greed.

Remember those who shared with you and live in thanks to you-know-Who.

———-

Image: Jack Brind on Unsplash

Source:  Isaiah 58:9-14

Text:   David Alexander, 2020 CC BY-SA NC-ND 4.0

Tune:   Bickley, Public Domain

Score:   https://www.smallchurchmusic.com/2015/Score/IWantTheSpirit-Bickley.pdf 

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Before My Birth

Known, consecrated and appointed all before my birth, 

to be a prophet to all nations resident on earth.

I tried to wiggle out of it, and later on to crawl, 

but God commanded me to go and prophesy to all.

—–

I’m not to fear, ‘cause God is here to rescue me from death. 

The things I say you’ve got to take, the praises and the threats.

I’m over nations, over kings, to pluck up and pull down. 

So don’t be coy or I’ll destroy your countryside and towns. 

———-

Image:   Cassidy Rowell on Unsplash

Source:  Jeremiah 1:4-10

Text:   David Alexander, 2020 CC BY-SA NC-ND 4.0

Tune:   Soll’s Sein, Public Domain

Score:   https://www.smallchurchmusic.com/Score_PDF/HowShallISing-SollsSein.pdf 

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The Tenth Commandment

Don’t let what your neighbor has make you contemptuous of yourself.                                                

You’re as good as anybody. So rejoice in others’ wealth.

———-

Image:    Jim Witkowski on Unsplash

Source:  Deuteronomy 5:21

Text:  David Alexander, 2022  CC BY-SA NC 4.0

Tune:   Gott Wills Machen, Public Domain

Score:  https://www.smallchurchmusic.com/Score_PDF/GodWhoseFarm-GottWillsMachen.pdf  

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The Ninth Commandment

You do not have to like your neighbors, but when you speak, say what is true.

Since everybody is a neighbor, there’s lots of work cut out for you. 

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Image:   Pawel Czerwinski on Unsplash 

Source:  Deuteronomy 5:20

Text:  David Alexander, 2022  CC BY-SA NC 4.0

Tune:   Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief, Public Domain

Score:   https://hymnary.org/text/a_poor_wayfaring_man_of_grief#pagescans  

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Faith

Faith has carried folks through peril; faithlessness has got some drowned. 

Faith as well has parted waters, sometimes making walls come down. 

Even prostitutes with faith are saved while others meet the sword.

Women, men, have now and then done wondrous things and served the Lord.

—–

Not through skill with weapons, nor by strength of arm or clever wit,

were the mouths of lions closed or fi-res quenched that had been lit. 

Prisoners obtained release while others suffered full of hope.

Faithful folk are more than worthy of the world where we just cope.

—–

As the promise was for them, it still remains for us as well.

Those who went before surround us, watch and cheer with raucous yells.

Look unto the One who led, enduring shame without a thought.

Follow how he went to where he sits at the right hand of God.

———-

Image:   Perry Kibler on Unsplash

Source:   Hebrews 11:29-12:2

Text:   David Alexander, 2020 CC BY-SA NC-ND 4.0

Tune:   Yr hun gan,  Public Domain

Score:  https://www.smallchurchmusic.com/2011/Score/HolySpirit-YrHunGan.pdf  

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Farther Than the Eye Can See

The scope of God’s activity is farther than the eye can see.

In fact there’s no place left to hide since God is present far and wide. 

All the words that preachers say, the visions to which they lay claim,

are heard in heaven, written down. A preacher shouldn’t be a clown.

—–

The preachers who assert their dreams are proof of what the gospel means

Have, like their ancestors, forgotten who is who and what is what. 

The word of God is like the fire that singes souls and damns a liar.

It’s like a key that opens locks or hammers that can break all rocks. 

———-

Image:   Ansgar Scheffold on Unsplash

Source:   Jeremiah 23:23-29

Text:   David Alexander, 2020 CC BY-SA NC-ND 4.0

Tune:   Merthyr Tydfil, Public Domain

Score:   https://www.smallchurchmusic.com/Score_PDF/TheseThingsShallBe-MerthyrTydfil.pdf 

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According to the Legends

At times it seems the shepherd’s deaf or far away and in the dark.

That’s when we feel the most bereft. Of light, we can’t perceive a spark.

—–

The legends say we were a vine brought from afar and planted here.

Initially we grew and thrived, protected, nourished and held dear.

—–

Of late we find we’re on our own. Walls broken down, so raiders roam.

The old folks spoke of “way back when.” We’d like to feel that way again. 

—–

Do for us what was done before. Back when they had enough, and more. 

We’d like to know you’re on our side to do our will and give us life.

—–

So shine your face and make us safe. Have mercy on our helpless plight.

If not, your reputation’s shot and no one will believe in God. 

———-

Image:  Kristen Sturdivant on Unsplash 

Source:   Psalm 80:1-2 & 8-19

Text:   David Alexander, 2020 CC BY-SA NC-ND 4.0

Tune:   Arizona, Public Domain

Score:   https://www.smallchurchmusic.com/Score_PDF/BeholdAStrangerAtTheDoor-Arizona.pdf 

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I Will Sing for My Beloved

I will sing for my beloved and the vineyard on a hill

that he cleared and planted, hewed a wine vat out with expert skill.

Dreaming of the grapes that would be turned into the finest wine,

woke unto great disappointment on the date of harvest time.

—–

Judge, and tell me, what’s your verdict? What should my beloved do?

After having started well and met conditions; all fell through.

He will leave it unprotected. Wi-ld beasts will tread it down.

Weeds and thorns will overgrow it. Lack of rain will leave it brown.

—–

What God plants, expecting  justice, wickedness can turn perverse.

Righteousness forsaken ends with bloodshed, cries and even worse.

No one wants an empty vineyard. No one loves an empty purse.

Rule your life by God’s intention: nation, family and church.

———-

Image:   Grape Iran, CCO

Source:   Isaiah 5:1-7

Text:   David Alexander, 2020 CC BY-SA NC-ND 4.0

Tune: Llansannan, Public Domain   

Score:   https://www.smallchurchmusic.com/2014/Score/WhoIsSoWeak-Llansannan.pdf 

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